David Carradine

David Carradine

Highest Rated: 97% The Long Goodbye (1973)

Lowest Rated: 0% Fall Down Dead (2007)

Birthday: Dec 8, 1936

Birthplace: Hollywood, California, USA

David Carradine was born John Arthur Carradine, eldest son of John Carradine, the beloved and very busy character actor, whose roles encompassed everything from John Steinbeck's Reverend Casey to Bram Stoker's Dracula. David Carradine's early adult life was one of exploration -- though born in Hollywood, he tried on a lot of sides of living before he finally turned to acting as a profession. He worked with various community and semi-professional dramatic companies in San Francisco; hitchhiked his way to New York; did Shakespeare in Akron, OH, and parts of New Jersey; and all of the other things that aspiring would-be actors are supposed to do. He got a few early screen credits in television productions such as Armstrong Circle Theater ("Secret Document"), and in various series produced by Universal Pictures' ReVue television division, including episodes of The Virginian, Wagon Train, and Arrest & Trial, plus The Alfred Hitchcock Hour. He also made his big-screen debut thanks to Universal with a small role in the R.G. Springsteen-directed western Taggart (1964). His real professional breakthrough came a year later on the Broadway stage, however, in Peter Shaffer's The Royal Hunt of the Sun, in a cast headed by Christopher Plummer. He enjoyed an extended run in the Broadway production, which was accompanied by the first round of publicity for Carradine, even then focusing on his unpredictable, iconoclastic nature. He was lured back to Hollywood by the chance to star in the series Shane, based on the George Stevens movie and the Jack Schaefer novel. He was able to put his own stamp on the role, quite different from the portrayal that Alan Ladd had delivered in the film; but the viewing public had been swamped by westerns for a decade, and the series never had a chance to find an audience, lasting only 16 episodes. From 1967 until 1972, he was occasionally seen in one-off roles in dramatic series such as Coronet Blue and The Name of the Game, and was in a remake of Johnny Belinda with Mia Farrow and Ian Bannen, but was most often seen in westerns, including The Violent Ones (1967) and The McMasters (1969) (playing a Native American in the latter). In 1972 he was approached about the possibility of starring in a proposed series that was easily the most offbeat western ever considered by a network up to that time: Kung Fu. The public had long since lost interest in traditional westerns, but here was a story that combined a quest with a tale of pursuit and necessarily included philosophical conflict never before addressed in series television. The role appealed to Carradine, and he got the part of Kwai Chang Caine, the Chinese-American hero, despite knowing nothing of martial arts. Drawing on his ability as a dancer at his meeting with the producers, he was able to prove with one well-placed kick at a point above his head that he could pull it off. The series ran for three seasons, during which time Carradine put an increasing amount of himself into the portrayal. And the public responded, especially viewers under 40, who resonated to the character and the man behind it. Kung Fu became one of those odd cult shows, the fans of which were devoted beyond the usual casual weekly viewing. Carradine saw to it, however, even during the run of the series, that he kept busy on other projects, including the Martin Scorsese-directed Boxcar Bertha (1972), starring his paramour Barbara Hershey, and small roles in the Robert Altman revisionist detective film The Long Goodbye (1973) and Scorsese's Mean Streets (1973).Kung Fu made Carradine a star, but he eventually left the series, owing to disagreements with the producers. His withdrawal from the series could have damaged his career, but Carradine was fortunate enough to latch on to a script that Roger Corman was planning to produce -- a new kind of action movie, Death Race 2000 (1975), became a huge underground hit and proved that Carradine had some measure of big-screen appeal. He followed this


Highest Rated Movies



92% Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel David Carradine $7.5K 2011
57% Archie's Final Project Jesse Gabriel Vargas 2011
63% True Legend Anthony, Gambling House Owner $62.7K 2011
No Score Yet Stretch Monteiro 2011
No Score Yet Richard III Actor Producer 2011
No Score Yet Eldorado Actor 2011
No Score Yet Dinocroc vs. Supergator Jason Drake 2010
No Score Yet Detention Principal Hoskins 2010
No Score Yet Night of the Templar The Shopkeeper 2010
No Score Yet Six Days In Paradise Actor 2010
No Score Yet Bad Cop Humes 2009
No Score Yet Long Shot Ian McHenry 2009
No Score Yet Break Actor 2009
64% Crank 2: High Voltage Poon Dong $13.7M 2009
28% Chatham (The Golden Boys) Captain Zeb 2009
No Score Yet Camille Cowboy Bob 2009
11% Big Stan The Master 2009
No Score Yet Absolute Evil Actor 2009
No Score Yet The Rain Actor 2009
No Score Yet Kandisha Actor 2009
No Score Yet Road of No Return Producer Mr. Hover 2009
No Score Yet Starz Inside: Unforgettably Evil Actor 2009
No Score Yet The Rain Actor 2009
No Score Yet Autumn Phillip Evans 2009
No Score Yet Life on the Road with Mr. and Mrs. Brown Actor 2009
No Score Yet Kung Fu Killer Crane 2008
10% Hell Ride The Deuce $0.2M 2008
No Score Yet Naked Movie Actor 2008
No Score Yet Tattoos: A Scarred History Actor 2008
No Score Yet All Hell Broke Loose Actor 2008
No Score Yet Being Michael Madsen Actor 2007
No Score Yet Fuego Lobo 2007
No Score Yet Permanent Vacation Old Man 2007
0% Fall Down Dead Wade Douglas 2007
17% Homo Erectus (National Lampoon's The Stoned Age) Mookoo 2007
29% How to Rob a Bank Nick 2007
No Score Yet Treasure Raiders Actor 2007
2% Epic Movie Museum Curator $39.7M 2007
No Score Yet The Last Sect Actor 2007
No Score Yet Son of the Dragon Bird 2007
No Score Yet Final Move Capt. Baker 2006
No Score Yet Max Havoc: Curse Of The Dragon Actor 2006
No Score Yet World War I: American Legacy Narrator 2006
No Score Yet Last Hour Stone 2006
No Score Yet Miracle at Sage Creek Ike 2005
No Score Yet Kiss of a Stranger Peter Dixon 2005
50% Dead and Breakfast Mr. Wise 2005
No Score Yet Brothers in Arms Driscoll 2005
No Score Yet Criminal Desire Actor 2005
No Score Yet Ringers - Lord of the Fans Actor 2005
No Score Yet Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon Grand Master 2004
No Score Yet Last Goodbye Fred McGillicuddie 2004
75% Hair High Mr. Snerz 2004
84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 Bill 2004
No Score Yet Video Game Invasion: The History of a Global Obsession Director 2004
No Score Yet UnConventional Actor 2004
No Score Yet Ringers: Lord of the Fans Actor 2004
No Score Yet Samurai: The Last Warrior Actor 2003
85% Kill Bill: Volume 1 Bill 2003
No Score Yet Lost Bullet (Bala Perdida) Actor 2003
No Score Yet American Reel James Lee Springer 2003
No Score Yet Modern Warriors Actor 2002
No Score Yet The Outsider Dr. Lucas Henry 2002
No Score Yet Balto II: Wolf Quest Nava the Wolf Shaman 2002
No Score Yet Crime School Actor 2002
No Score Yet Out of the Wilderness Actor 2001
No Score Yet Warden of Red Rock Michael Sullivan 2001
No Score Yet Code Name Jaguar Max Kaufman 2000
No Score Yet An American Tail 3: The Treasure of Manhattan Island Chief Wulisso 2000
No Score Yet By Dawn's Early Light Nick Decker 2000
No Score Yet Nightfall Gnomen 2000
No Score Yet Down 'n Dirty Gil Garner 2000
No Score Yet Isaac Asimov's Nightfall Actor 2000
No Score Yet The Monster Hunter Dehoven 2000
No Score Yet Guaranteed on Delivery Norman Williams 2000
No Score Yet Dangerous Curves Lemmy 1999
No Score Yet Natural Selection Actor 1999
No Score Yet Cybercity Actor 1999
0% Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror Luke Enright 1998
No Score Yet Martial Law Actor 1998
No Score Yet The Rage Lucas McDermott 1998
No Score Yet Macon County Jail Coley 1998
No Score Yet The New Swiss Family Robinson Sheldon Blake 1998
No Score Yet Knocking on Death's Door Actor 1998
No Score Yet Last Stand at Saber River Duane Kidston 1997
No Score Yet Capital Punishment Actor 1996
No Score Yet Justice Est Faite (Justice Is Done) Joe 1995
No Score Yet Thunderbolt (Pik lik feng) Actor 1995
No Score Yet Dead Center Chavez 1994
No Score Yet Karate Cop Dad 1993
No Score Yet Kill Zone Col. Horace Wiggins 1993
No Score Yet Field of Fire General Corman 1992
No Score Yet Double Trouble Mr. C 1992
29% Evil Toons Gideon Fisk 1992
No Score Yet Distant Justice Actor 1992
83% Roadside Prophets Othello 1992
No Score Yet Animal Instincts William Lamberti 1992
No Score Yet Derrick contre Superman Actor 1992
No Score Yet The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw Caine 1991
No Score Yet Project: Eliminator Ron Morrell 1991
No Score Yet Deadly Surveillance Lieutenant 1991
No Score Yet Dune Warriors Michael 1991
No Score Yet Night Rhythms Vincent Machelli 1991
20% Waxwork II: Lost in Time Beggar 1991
No Score Yet Capital Punishment Michael Maltin 1991
No Score Yet Sonny Boy Pearl 1990
No Score Yet Future Zone John Tucker 1990
32% Bird on a Wire Eugene Sorenson 1990
No Score Yet Think Big Sweeney 1990
No Score Yet Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat Mardulak 1990
No Score Yet Midnight Fear Sheriff Steve Hanley 1990
No Score Yet Martial Law Dalton Rhodes 1990
No Score Yet Future Force John Tucker 1989
No Score Yet Wizards of the Lost Kingdom 2 Dark One 1989
No Score Yet The Cover Girl and the Cop Slade 1989
No Score Yet Night Children Actor 1989
No Score Yet Crime Zone Jason 1988
No Score Yet Nowhere to Run Harmon 1988
No Score Yet I Saw What You Did (I Saw What You Did... and I Know Who You Are!) Stephen Lancer 1988
No Score Yet Wheels of Terror Col. Von Weisshagen 1988
No Score Yet Tropical Snow (Nieve tropical) Oskar 1988
No Score Yet Warlords Dow 1988
No Score Yet Six Against the Rock Bernie Coy 1987
No Score Yet Oceans of Fire Actor 1986
No Score Yet P.O.W. the Escape (Behind Enemy Lines) (Attack Force 'Nam) Col. James Cooper 1986
No Score Yet Bad Girls in the Movies Actor 1986
No Score Yet Kung Fu: The Movie Kwai Chang Caine 1986
No Score Yet Film House Fever Actor 1986
No Score Yet Armed Response Jim Roth 1986
No Score Yet The Warrior and the Sorceress Kain the Warrior 1984
No Score Yet On the Line Bryant 1983
57% Lone Wolf McQuade Rawley Wilkes 1983
No Score Yet Trick or Treats Richard Adams 1982
69% Q Det. Shepard 1982
No Score Yet Americana Screenwriter Producer Soldier Director 1981
No Score Yet Safari 3000 Eddie Miles 1981
No Score Yet High Noon, Part II: The Return of Will Kane Ben Irons 1980
No Score Yet Cloud Dancer Brad Randolph 1980
83% The Long Riders Cole Younger 1980
No Score Yet Gauguin the Savage Actor 1980
No Score Yet Mr. Horn Tom Horn 1979
No Score Yet Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider Charlie Swattle 1979
43% Circle of Iron The Blind Man / Monkeyman / Death / Changsha 1979
56% Old Boyfriends Actor 1979
No Score Yet Roger Corman: Hollywood's Wild Angel Actor 1978
No Score Yet Deathsport Kaz Oshay 1978
24% The Serpent's Egg Abel Rosenberg 1978
57% Gray Lady Down Capt. Gates 1978
No Score Yet Thunder and Lightning Harley Thomas 1977
No Score Yet A Look At Liv Actor 1977
No Score Yet That's Action Actor 1977
86% Bound for Glory Woody Guthrie 1976
No Score Yet Cannonball Coy 'Cannonball' Buckman 1976
83% Death Race 2000 Frankenstein 1975
97% The Long Goodbye Prisoner 1973
97% Mean Streets Drunk 1973
52% Boxcar Bertha Big Bill Shelly 1972
No Score Yet Kung Fu Caine 1972
No Score Yet Macho Callahan Col. David Mountford 1970
No Score Yet Maybe I'll Come Home in the Spring Actor 1970
No Score Yet The McMasters White Feather 1970
20% Good Guys and the Bad Guys Waco 1969
No Score Yet Young Billy Young Jesse Boone 1969
No Score Yet Heaven with a Gun Coke Beck 1969
No Score Yet The Violent Ones Lucas Barnes 1968
No Score Yet Bus Riley's Back in Town Stretch 1965
No Score Yet Taggart Cal Dodge 1964
No Score Yet Crime School Actor 1938


6% Mental
Gideon Graham 2009
7% In Case of Emergency
Guru Danny 2007
No Score Yet Celebrity Paranormal Project
Reality cast member 2006
No Score Yet Danny Phantom
Voice 2006
No Score Yet Eve
Master 2005
84% Alias
Guest Conrad 2004
100% Lizzie McGuire
No Score Yet Queen of Swords
The Serpent 2001
No Score Yet Family Law
Andrew Weller 2000
No Score Yet Charmed
Tempus 2000
No Score Yet Profiler
C.J. Allman 1999
No Score Yet Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
No Score Yet Matlock
Steve Mazorofski Steve Mazarofski 1989
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Host Guest 1980
No Score Yet Kung Fu
Director Kwai Chang Caine Caine 1975
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Clint 1971
No Score Yet Night Gallery
Gideon 1971
No Score Yet Ironside
Pogo Weems Frank Carlson Luke Roberts 1971
No Score Yet Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
Kwai Chang Caine


Bill says: Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race.

The Bride says: Are you saying that I'm a superhero?

Bill says: No I'm not saying that you're a superhero but I'm saying that you're a killer, a natural born killer.

Budd says: I don't dodge guilt, and I don't jew out of paying my comeuppance.

Bill says: Can't we just forget the past?

Budd says: That woman deserves her revenge... And we deserve to die. (laughs) But, then again, so does she. So I guess we'll just see...Wont we?

Budd says: That woman deserves her revenge... And we deserve to die. [laughs] But, then again, so does she. So I guess we'll just see...Wont we?

Budd says: You tellin' me she cut her way through 88 bodyguards 'fore she got to O'Ren?

Bill says: Nah, there really wasn't 88 of them, they just called themselves "The Crazy 88"

Bill says: Nah, there really wasn't 88 of them, they just called themselves 'The Crazy 88'.

Budd says: How come?

Bill says: I don't know.. I guess they thought it sounded kinda cool.

Cole Younger says: "First getting shot, then getting married - bad habits."

Cole Younger says: First getting shot, then getting married - bad habits.

The Bride says: What are you doing here?

Bill says: What am I doing? A moment ago, I was playin' my flute. But this moment, I'm looking at the most beautiful bride these old eyes have ever seen.

The Bride says: Why are you here?

Bill says: Last look.

Elle Driver says: Are you going to be nice?

Bill says: I've never been nice my whole life, but I'll do my best... to be sweet.

Bill says: When I first saw him... I like his hair.

The Bride says: You promised you'd be nice.

Bill says: No, I said I'd do my best. That's hardly a promise.

Bill says: How do I look?

The Bride says: You look ready.

Bill says: Lucky for us all. That's not the case.

Bill says: Was my reaction really the surprising?

The Bride says: Yes it was. Could you do what you did? Of course you could. But I never thought you would or could do that to me.

Bill says: I'm really sorry, Kiddo. But you thought wrong.

Bill says: There are consequences to breaking the heart of a murdering bastard.

Bill says: I like his hair.

Bill says: You hocked a Hattori Hanzon Sword?

Budd says: Yep.

Bill says: It was priceless.

Budd says: Well, not in El Paso, it ain't. In El Paso I got me $250 for it.

Bill says: I suppose the traditional way to conclude this is, we cross Hanzo swords. Well, it just so happens, this hacienda comes with its very own private beach. And this private beach just so happens to look particularly beautiful bathed in moonlight. And there just so happens to be a full moon out tonight. So, swordfighter, if you want to sword fight, that's where I suggest. But if you wanna be old school about it - and you know I'm all about old school - then we can wait till dawn, and slice each other up at sunrise, like a couple real-life, honest-to-goodness samurais.

The Bride says: How did you find me?

Bill says: I'm the man.

Bill says: I was very sad. And that was when I learned, some things, once you do, they can never be undone.

Bill says: Baby, you ain't kidding.

Bill says: Just seeing those steps again makes me ache. You're gonna have plenty of fun carrying buckets of water up and down that fucker.